A blog is a website where authors regularly add text, photos, audio, and links. It is often likened to a journal. Readers can usually add comments. Blogs can be published by classes, groups, or individuals, and are great for students to record the development of projects and reflect on their learning. Blogging is the adding of new material to a blog.
Nic Mason, a teacher at Russell Street School , and his students describe the process, some of the tools, and the learning they gain through creating blog posts.
A blog can be a useful tool to extend learning opportunities for students. Potential benefits include:
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Students at St Pius X School in Auckland improved their literacy skills and their perceptions of themselves as learners through blogging.
Students from Melville Intermediate School used Blogger to share their development of te reo Māori and receive feedback.
Students at Epsom Girls Grammar School improved their writing ability and their understanding of assessment standards through the use of blogging.
Year 8 teachers at Breens Intermediate, carried out a collaborative inquiry focused on increasing student agency to raise student achievement in literacy, supported by the use of digital technologies.
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Associate Principal and Senior Team Leader at Te Kura o Tiori Burnham School, Linda Sweeny, explains the process for setting up Blogger for students to use as an e-Portfolio.
Staff at Mahurangi Christian School discuss how the school connects the classroom to the community through digital technologies.
Teacher, Nicki Fielder and students from Apiti School explain the different social media tools they use to connect with parents and the wider community.
The principal of Ruawai Primary School, explains how Google Apps are used to develop digital literacies, creative thinking, and communication skills in a collaborative environment.
Wairakei School teacher and her student explain why blogging encourages students to produce better quality work because it is being seen and commented on by an authentic audience.
Hillcrest Normal School teacher, Michelle Macintyre shares how technology has enabled parents to be involved in different ways with students' learning.
James Rea, DP at Russell Street School, shares how students are using their library blog to post book reviews and character profiles.
Using a netbook, Google docs, and blogging has increased engagement and improved learning outcomes for student Kieren.
Russell Street School teacher, Nic Mason and his students talk about the purpose of their class blog and the importance of the feedback they get.
Nic Mason, teacher at Russell Street School , and his students describe the process, some of the tools, and the learning they gain through creating blog posts.
Russell Street School teacher, Jacqui Innes, describes the process and benefits of planning explicitly for what students will share on their e-portfolios.
Teacher, Jacqui Innes from Russell Street School describes how students individual e-portfolios and the class blog serve different purposes but work in conjunction with each other.
Parents of Hampden Street School students explain how blogging and e-portfolios help them stay connected with their children's learning.
French teacher Sarah Collett and two of her students, describe the usefulness of using a wiki to create and enhance authentic language learning experiences.
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An up-to-date list of free blogging sites and platforms and information on choosing the right platform for you.
Ewan McIntosh talks about developments in formative and individualised assessment in Scotland, and encourages the use of blogs as online learning logs.
Part II of a series of blog posts supporting teachers to learn more about blogs for themselves in order to help/coach/facilitate their students’ blogging.
Supporting school leaders and teachers as they introduce and deepen their understanding of key competencies for learners.
An ebook covering planning and integrating blogging into your curriculum, preparing students, fostering students as writers, understanding copyright, and assessment using blogs.
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Increasing engagement through Blogger
Find out how students improved their writing ability and their understanding of assessment standards through the use of blogging.